Audition Update: Kingsmen Shakespeare Company and Davis Shakespeare Festival

Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is taking AEA submissions for the role of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, for its summer Shakespeare Festival production of Richard III directed by Ryan Lee. This is an eight week contract and rehearsals begin June 2 in Thousand Oaks. Please submit electronically on Actors Access by Friday, March 6. You must be a classically trained actor with significant Shakespeare experience to be considered. Richard (Male, 35-45) is a master manipulator who uses his wit, charm, and charisma to deceive everyone into believing that he is not a villain as he viciously carves his way to the throne. Bitter, ambitious, and utterly ruthless, he nonetheless manages to fool those closest to him. Born with a physical deformity that leads some to call him a “bottled spider,” “poisonous bunchedbacked toad,” and other insults.

Davis Shakespeare Festival in San Francisco will hold auditions for Twelfth Night and The Mystery of Edwin Drood on March 22 & 23. Guest Artist AEA contracts & non-AEA stipends are available. Please prepare a one minute Shakespeare monologue, a one minute contemporary monologue, and 16-bars of a song. An accompanist will be provided. Audition locations: Sunday, March 22, 5:00 – 9:00 pm at Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter Street in San Francisco and
Monday, March 23, 5:00 – 9:00 pm Veterans Memorial Theatre, 203 E. 14th Street in Davis. Rehearsals begin May 9 (Tues-Fri evenings & weekend afternoons) and the shows run Thurs-Sunday, June 25 to August 2, 2015. Click Here for more information and to select a time slot preference for your audition. For more info contact Carissa Lowe, Casting at


Audition Update: The Old Globe, Pacific Repertory Theatre

THE OLD GLOBE is holding AEA auditions in Los Angeles on January 3, 2014 for is 2014 summer season which includes Othello, Two Gentlemen of Verona and Quartet. Auditions will be held at Screenland Studios, 10501 Burbank Blvd. in North Hollywood from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Sign in begins at 9:00 am. Please prepare (2) one-minute contrasting monologues. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend. For complete casting information, go to

PACIFIC REP in Carmel, CA is holding EPA auditions for its 2014 Main Stage Season on January 6, 2014. Auditions will take place at Pacific Repertory Theatre, Cassanova St. between 8th and 9th in Carmel, CA 93922 in the Circle Theatre from Noon – 6:00 PM. For an audition appointment call (831) 662-0100, Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The season includes The Winter’s Tale, Venus in Fur, Evie’s Waltz, and The Servant of Two Masters. Please prepare 2 contrasting pieces (1 classical preferable). Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend. For more info go to or

Audition Update: Northern CA – Marin Shakespeare Company

Marin Shakespeare Company in San Rafael will hold auditions for its 2014 season on February 7, 8 & 9, with callbacks on February 15 & 16. The season includes As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, and An Ideal Husband. Up to ten AEA actors will be hired. There is pay for non-union actors. Equity actors should prepare two contrasting Shakespearean monologues, total 3 minutes max; non-Equity, please prepare one Shakespearean monologue, 2 minutes max. Bring photo & resume. They will also see a short example of any special talents (singing, juggling, musical instrument, etc.) To sign up for an audition slot, please contact or (415) 499-4488.

Out of town actors wishing to audition in San Rafael before February may send photo & resume to along with information about when you would be available for an audition appointment. At the artistic director’s discretion, an appointment may be scheduled after your resume is received. They are also accepting videotaped auditions although you are more likely to be considered for casting if they can meet you in person. They are particularly interested in actors with extensive outdoor Shakespeare experience. Some housing for out of town AEA actors is available. Complete details, including rehearsal and show schedule, contract information, intern program and more can be found HERE. AEA info is available at

Audition Update: Northern California Summer 2014 Auditions

California Shakespeare Theater will hold AEA EPA auditions on Nov 3 & 4 from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm at the Calif. Shakespeare Theater Rehearsal Hall, 701 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710. Park on the street and enter through office door. For an appointment, email headshot and resume to to receive link to online scheduler. They are seeking SF Bay Area AEA actors for their 2014 season which includes Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pygmalion and A Raisin In The Sun. Prepare two contrasting monologues, one Shakespeare (in verse, please) and one of your choosing (any time period), not to exceed 3 minutes total. Please bring 1 copy of your headshot & resume, stapled together. For more information visit or

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival will hold AEA EPA auditions for The Taming of the Shrew Monday, December 9 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm at Danzhaus, 1275 Connecticut St., San Francisco, CA 94107. To schedule an appointment, please contact or call 415-865-4434 (after Nov. 1). Sides will be provided but you are asked to prepare one comedic Shakespeare monologue, which they may or may not ask to see. First rehearsal is June 3, 2014 and Shrew runs June 28 – Sept. 21, 2014. For more information, visit or

Audition Update: Marin Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Santa Cruz

Marin Shakespeare Company
Marin Shakespeare Company is holding auditions for its 2103 season on February 22 – 24, with callbacks on March 2 & 3. All auditions are at the Forest Meadows Amphitheatre. In case of rain, auditions will relocate to the Meadowlands Assembly Hall on the campus of Dominican University. All roles are available for The Spanish Tragedy (Thomas Kyd), A Comedy of Errors, and All’s Well That Ends Well.
Friday, February 22: 11:00 – 4:00 pm, AEA only
Saturday, February 23: 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Sunday, February 24: 10:00 – 5:00 pm
Click Here for complete details and more information about the season. For an audition appointment, contact or call (415) 499-4488.

Shakespeare Santa Cruz
Shakespeare Santa Cruz has announced auditions on January 20 and 21 for its 2013 summer season. Auditions will take place at American Conservatory Theater, 30 Grant Ave., San Francisco, CA 94108. The season includes Taming of the Shrew and Henry V. For an audition appointment, email photo & resume to or call Maria Frangos at (831) 459-5531 Mon-Fri 12-4pm. Deadline is 1/16/13. Click Here for more audition details and additional general audition dates, or visit the AEA website.

Audition Update: The Old Globe, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

The Old Globe will hold Equity Principal auditions for its 2013 Summer Shakespeare Festival on December 7 and 10. The season includes Merchant of Venice and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (both directed by Adrian Noble), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (director TBA). Roles will be understudied. Prepare two one-minute contrasting contemporary monologues or two one-minute contrasting Shakespeare monologues. For a complete breakdown go to

In Los Angeles: Friday, December 7 (10 – 6 pm)
Screenland Studios
10501 Burbank Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

In San Diego: Monday, December 10 (10 – 6pm)
Old Globe Rehearsal Hall
1439 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is holding auditions for Macbeth on Monday, December 10 at Lamplighters, 469 Bryant St., San Francisco, CA 94107. They are seeking 5 Equity Actors. Some roles will likely be doubled with others. Prepare one dramatic Shakespeare monologue. A second contrasting Shakespeare piece may be requested. First Rehearsal is May 28, 2013. Macbeth will run June 22 – September 22, 2013. For an audition appointment call 415-865-4434 or email Complete details are up on the AEA website at

The Friday Funny: A Lighthearted Midsummer Inspiration Mayhaps?

Meet Billy and his pet pig, Francis, as they seek play-writing inspiration.

Enjoy a lighthearted weekend and go see one of the terrific productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream playing this summer.

Independent Shakespeare Co.’s Free Shakespeare in Griffith Park

Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon

The Archway Theatre, Downtown

Intrepid Shakespeare Company, San Diego

Marin Shakespeare Company in San Rafael

Ready for a road trip? Marin Shakespeare Company in northern California is producing King John the summer.

David Hirzel, wordwright

Shakespeare’s tragedy “The Life and Death of King John” is seldom staged, so the current performance at San Rafael’s Shakespeare Marin may be one of the few times you will ever have to see it.  Don’t miss it!  This play, as directed by Lesley Schisgall Currier, is full of surprises and all the passion, action, wit and betrayal that we have come to know and expect from the Bard. Not only that, it ends on a high note, with the crown of England finally bestowed upon the rightful heir to the throne.

The kings of England and France each declare the other usurper to the throne of England.  They are both right and wrong.  Their armies and their families clash, unite in marriage, part from each other under threat of excommunication from an emissary of the Pope.  Innocents are caught up in the machinations; loyalties shift and shift again. …

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